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The Chelsea Flower Show 2024

Crane Garden Buildings at Chelsea Flower Show
Spring is an exciting time for many reasons. However, in the horticultural world, it’s a time when growing becomes all-consuming. Thanks to increased sunlight, warmer temperatures and peak blossoming, many plants and flowers are at their very best, which, combined with the cultural concept of new beginnings and post-winter optimism, is why it is the perfect time for the Chelsea Flower Show. 

What is the Chelsea Flower Show? 

The Chelsea Flower Show, officially known as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is one of the most famous horticultural events in the world. Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it takes place annually in May on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, England. In 2024, it will run from Tuesday 21st May to Saturday 25th May. 

More than just a gardening event; the Chelsea Flower Show is a significant cultural event in the UK, attracting not only gardening enthusiasts but also celebrities, members of the British royal family, and international visitors. It has a strong media presence, with extensive coverage on television and in print, making it a highly influential platform for trends in gardening and landscape design.

A Brief History of the Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show has a rich history dating back to the 19th century. The very first show, which took place in 1913, was a three-day event known then as The Great Spring Show held within a single marquee. 

Over the decades, the Chelsea Flower Show grew in size and reputation. It became a showcase for the latest gardening trends, innovative designs, and exotic plant species from around the world.

During both World Wars, the show was suspended. It resumed in 1947, continuing to grow in popularity before eventually celebrating its 100th year in 2013. During covid, the Chelsea Flower Show was carried out virtually, before allowing people to return in 2022. 

What is there to see at the Chelsea Flower Show? 

The Chelsea Flower Show is known for its elaborate and imaginative displays, which include show gardens, a floral marquee, business tradestands, artisan gardens and educational exhibits. The RHS awards metals to gardens and exhibits based on their quality, innovation and overall impact; the 2023 winner of Best in Show (and winner of a gold medal) for gardens was Horatio’s Garden, the first-ever wheelchair-accessible show garden.  

Up until 2019, Crane Garden Buildings regularly exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show, winning a 5-star trade stand award for six consecutive years. Each year we adhered to a theme, with our 2019 stand depicting an enchanting ‘woodland walk’ theme between a Garden Shed and a Pavilion Garden Room. 

There is lots to see and do at The Chelsea Flower Show. Visitors can admire the kaleidoscope of colour and smell in the Great Pavillion, shop at artisan trade stands and even listen to live around the bandstand. For a wonderful insight into the real power of gardens, the Sanctuary Gardens category allows guests to soak up the well-being benefits of garden design. 

Crane Garden Buildings Display at Chelsea Flower Show 2019

What to expect from the Chelsea Flower Show 2024

2024 is set to be an exciting year at the Chelsea Flower Show, with sustainability at the forefront of the event. Other than the Show and Sanctuary Gardens, particular highlights are expected to be: 

  1. The Boodles National Gallery Garden: This garden celebrates the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery, drawing inspiration from iconic paintings by artists such as Seurat, Van Gogh, and Monet.
  2. The Roman Garden by the Newt in Somerset: Featuring Roman fountains, architectural elements, frescoes, and healing plants, this garden will highlight the ancient gardening traditions in a playful yet innovative manner.
  3. The Bowel Research UK Microbiome Garden: This garden will explore the connection between soil health, wildlife, and our microbiome, featuring an edible meadow to illustrate this relationship.
  4. The Size of Wales Garden: Showcasing unusual plant varieties, this garden aims to highlight the rich biodiversity of tropical rainforests.
  5. The Planet Good Earth Garden: Designed to mimic a natural forest ecosystem, this garden will emphasize sustainable gardening practices.
  6. The Water Aid Garden: This garden will address future challenges posed by unpredictable weather patterns, offering solutions and adaptations for a changing climate.
  7. The World Child Cancer’s Nurturing Garden: Featuring keyhole gardens, this display will demonstrate how to save water and soil nutrients effectively.

How to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024

You can purchase tickets for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 on the Royal Horticultural Society’s website, here